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Microsoft Map
Found on the Web
by Toon Verstappen, 2005


info on this page has been taken over by Snopes
as is their nasty habit, giving no credit


The Yiddish word sov stands for a letdown, roughly. A lemon is a sov. If the word had become as popular in English as tov, it would have been applied to Microsoft long since. If you'd be foolish enough to trust this map, there's no hope for you. Check it out and fill out Haugesund to Trondheim, Norway.



As you always run a remote chance of improvement, let's keep optimistic no matter how hard they make this, the site has been changed since. So I give their thenwhile route directions below. But first, especially for that rare American who really knows nothing about maps, a real map with two possible routes, one all the way via Oslo. The shortcut through the mountains would save you another 300 km (in red, from Fagerness to Otta, through the green N), but in reality it doesn't run so straight. The hole chewed out by insects is thrown in for lagniappe, to emphasize that even way back in the 1960s this route already was well known to intrepid explorers. Mark that's only 1109 km; the total distance for Microsoft's route really looks more like over 3000. Also the sheer idiocy of giving it with an accuracy of 100 meters.

MicroSov?
it's a major Macro sov!


Norway map
Kümmerly & Frey, Berne, Suisse


Start: Haugesund, Rogaland, Norway
End: Trondheim, S°r-Tr°ndelag, Norway
Total Distance: 2713.2 Kilometers
Estimated Total Time: 47 hours, 31 minutes
Channel Tunnel and at least two ferries

[Actual road distance 1109 km]
DirectionsKilometers
Start: Depart Haugesund, Rogaland, Norway on 47 [Karmsundgata] (West)
1: At roundabout, take the THIRD exit onto 47 [Djupaskarvegen]
2: Road name changes to GarpeskjŠrvegen
3: *Check timetable* Take Haugesund-Newcastle Upon Tyne (North-East)
4: Entering United Kingdom
5: Take Local road(s) (West)
6: Bear LEFT (West) onto Local road(s)
7: At roundabout, take the FIRST exit onto Coble Dene
8: At roundabout, take the SECOND exit onto A187 [Howdon Road]
9: At roundabout, take the SECOND exit onto Local road(s)
10: At roundabout, take the SECOND exit onto A193
11: At roundabout, take the FIRST exit onto Ramp
12: Merge onto A19
13: Merge onto Local road(s)

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ferry

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0.2
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This goes on for 118 separate directions.
They take you from Norway to (ferry) England, (Channel Tunnel) France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and (ferry) Denmark. From there, instructions suddenly get much less detailed and downright cryptic, as if the database itself got tired of this rubbish.

96: Road name changes to E20 [ěresundsmotorvejen]
97: Entering Sweden
98: Keep RIGHT onto E6 [Kungsbackaleden] towards E6 / E45 / 45 / Oslo / Frederikshavn
99: Keep STRAIGHT to stay on E6
100: Entering Norway
101: Keep RIGHT onto Ramp
102: Keep LEFT to stay on Ramp
103: Turn RIGHT to stay on Ramp
104: Bear RIGHT (North-West) onto E6
105: *Toll road* Stay on E6 (North)
106: Stay on E6 (East)
107: Road name changes to E18 [E6]
108: Keep RIGHT onto Ramp
109: At roundabout, take the SECOND exit onto Local road(s)
110: Merge onto 190
111: Road name changes to E6
112: Keep RIGHT onto Kolomoen Vegkryss
113: Bear RIGHT (North-East) onto 3
114: Turn LEFT (North) onto 3 [Trondheimsvegen]
115: Stay on 3
116: Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto E6
End: Arrive Trondheim, S°r-Tr°ndelag, Norway
309.2

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